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Govt to manage water resources as per international rules

Govt to manage water resources as per international rules

May 18, 2016 - 23:55

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The government has decided to mange Afghanistaninfo-icon’s water resources in line with international rules, President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday.

Ghani, who met a special delegation of the Ministry of Energy and Water at the Presidential Palace, was presented a technical study report on the Harirod River zone in western Herat province, the Presidential Palace said in a statement.

The president praised the study and investigation of the ministry’s technical team and assigned the team with thoroughly studying the Hirmand zone in southern Helmand province as well.   

“Afghanistan’s water was earlier distributed traditionally but from now on the country’s water will be organised in compliance with international regulations.”  

The topic would be also discussed in Cabinet meetings, Ghani said, adding his government was making its efforts at managing the country’s water with a capable administration to increase irrigation water and produce power.

Ghani said the Ministry of Water and Energy would be provided necessary equipment for studying the country’s water resources and recruiting technical advisers.

Official statistics show in average 58 billion cubic metres of water is produced in Afghanistan but only 30 percent of it is used inside the country and the rest flows into neighboring Iran and Pakistaninfo-icon because of a lack of facilities and infrastructure. 



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